Thanksgiving is coming quick—but your diabetes is making the looming holiday meal something to dread more than look forward to. How can someone with diabetes manage to enjoy the fullness of Thanksgiving without hurting their health in the process?
Found below are 3 helpful dietary tips for enjoying the perfect Thanksgiving that won’t leave you with an upset stomach and plenty of regret later:
Many elders assume that they will have “more room” for the massive nightly feast if they skip meals earlier that day. But in reality, sticking to a normal eating schedule makes it easier not to overeat later that evening. Also, don’t forget to remind the meal’s cook(s) of any dietary restrictions you or your loved one may have.
Enjoy Mashed Potatoes With Low Fat Milk.
Making mashed potatoes with whole milk and butter is a one-way ticket to upsetting your diabetes further. If possible, choose low or nonfat milk and margarine as the ingredients in your tasty taters. You can even try mashed cauliflower, which tastes practically identical to mashed potatoes when done the right way—but is much healthier.
Remember Your Veggies.
Indulge in raw or steamed vegetables so that you’re filling your plate halfway with them during each serving. Filling up on vegetables makes it easier to avoid overeating on unhealthy (but oh so yummy!) meal options—which are always right across the table come Thanksgiving dinner.
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